HC Deb 02 July 1834 vol 24 cc1093-4

Mr. Poulter moved, that the Report on the Lord's-day Observance (No. 2.) Bill be brought up.

Mr. Ruthven

begged to move as an Amendment, that the House do adjourn.

Mr. Philip Howard

should support the Motion of the hon. member for Shaftesbury (Mr. Poulter) and trusted that the hon. member for Dublin (Mr. Ruthven) would not persevere in his intention of retarding the progress of the Bill, by moving the adjournment of the House. The Bill under consideration was not open to the objections of those formerly introduced. It did not trench on the liberty of the subject; whilst it was required as an homage to public opinion, and as a tribute to the zeal and Christian-like feeling of a large body of the Community attested by the vast numbers and respectability of petitions which daily covered the Table of that House. The reasons he had had the honour to state, the anxiety he felt to set the question at rest, to satisfy and promote the exercise of well-regulated piety, induced him to give his warm support to this Bill. He (Mr. Howard) could assure those hon. Members who were opposed to all further legislation affecting the observance of the Lord's Day, that without a reasonable concession to the strongly and generally expressed wishes of a large class of the community, they would find it difficult to oppose other and less temperate measures, which, failing this, would be without ceasing, pressed for adoption, on the House.

The House divided on the original Motion:—Ayes 30; Noes 7; Majority 23.

List of the AYES.
Baines, E. Murray, Rt. Hon. J.
Baring, F. Pease, J.
Brotherton, J. Peter, W.
Cayley, Sir G. Philips, M.
Cayley, E. Sheil, R. L.
Ewing, J. Sandon, Lord
Fenton, J. Shaw, F.
Forster, C. S. Stewart, R.
Gisborne, T. Sullivan, R.
Gladstone, W. E. Talbot, J.
Harland, R. H. Thomson, Rt. Hn. P.
Hughes, W. H. Wason, R.
Inglis, Sir R. Wallace, R.
Langdale, Hon. E.
Littleton, Rt. Hon. E. TELLERS.
Macleod, R. Poulter, J.
Marryatt, J. Howard, P.
List of the NOES.
Blake, M. J. Warburton, H.
O'Dwyer, A. C. TELLERS.
O'Connor, F.
O'Reilly, W. Aglionby, H.
Ruthven, E. Ruthven, E. S.
Vigors, N. A.

The Report was brought up. At half-past four the House was counted out.